I wish I had my dog’s life…
Sunshine is a Doberman/hound mix. She takes a lot of naps. But I do take her out for her customary walks, too. She loves those! I’m just not sure who’s walking who when we take them.
But she eats, sleeps, plays, goes outside when needed… I mean, her every need is taken care of. And she gets lots of love from “Daddy” and me.
Sunshine has absolutely no stress in her life. Not like a human does.
The thing is, though, she gives so much love as well. Unconditional love. She is such a joy to have around. I know she has been good for my bipolar disorder.
I read an article that advised that people with bipolar disorder should get a dog for just that reason – the unconditional love. I would second that.
But also because it gives you something to care about, something to take care of, something outside yourself to keep you from being so self-centered (which can so easily happen when bipolar disorder takes over your life).
The thing with bipolar disorder is, if you don’t have something to take your mind off the disorder, it will envelop you. You will find it hard to think about anything else. And then it becomes like a vicious cycle. And that is no good for you.
That’s why you need to stay active – stay productive. Even if it’s just taking care of a dog. It will take your mind off the disorder and get your mind on something else.
Even if you can’t work a full-time job outside the home, you might be able to work a part-time job, or a work-from-home job. Or even start your own home-based business. Many people with bipolar disorder are doing that and becoming quite successful at it.
If you can’t work, at least do some volunteer work. Helping others will keep your mind off yourself and your bipolar disorder.
Projects are always a good idea to keep you busy (and keep your mind occupied). Try to do things that will take you at least a couple days to complete.
Hobbies are good, too. You should have hobbies in your life, as they make you feel good about yourself as well as occupy your time and make you feel productive.
At this time of year, gardening is a good hobby to have. I, personally, cannot garden, because I have a brown thumb! LOL But I know a lot of other people have green thumbs and have great gardens, so this might be a good idea for you.
If you don’t already have one, think about getting a dog to occupy yourself and take your mind off your bipolar disorder. It might really make a difference for you.
Wishing you joy and stability,
Remember God loves you and so do I,